European Agriculture Commissioner Wojciechowski expects 'soon' EU decisions on more financial support for agriculture, in addition to the emergency aid and state aid promised earlier. He is examining whether unpaid rural development grants from 2021 and 2022 ('second pillar') can be transferred to the CAP direct income support fund.
Last week in the Agriculture Council, Croatia asked for additional resources from the Rural Development Fund (EAFRD), with the support of 11 other Member States. In addition to Croatia and Spain, the petition was signed by Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. EU Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski wants the claim checked.
In addition, the European chief of agriculture expects a solution next week to the disagreement about the 'rejected' Polish application for subsidy for fertilizer. Warsaw wanted to use money from the large corona recovery fund for a subsidy on the purchase of fertilizer, but Brussels did not agree.
As a reason, Brussels stated that there is still a difference of opinion with the Polish government about possible punishment reductions on that Polish recovery fund, because of disagreements about the Polish rule of law. In addition, the high fertilizer prices have nothing to do with the covid pandemic, but are mainly a result of the energy crisis and the Russian war against Ukraine.
Poland will receive about 44 million from the European emergency fund (of 500 million euros). Then Poland itself must also add 88 million. Wojciechowski said last week that within that framework it is possible to provide national government aid to farmers for an amount of up to 35,000. euros per farm. However, the subsidies for fertilizers will amount to a maximum of about 5,300 euros for a farmer.
The aid is intended for farmers who have suffered from the Russian aggression against Ukraine and the situation created by the preparations for this aggression. Everything indicates that the decision of the European Commission will be taken in the coming days and aid for Polish farmers will be possible – Wojciechowski said.